Monday, May 25, 2009

Jack Goldsmith on Obama's Terrorism Policies

This article is by Jack Goldsmith, who was an Assistant Attorney General in the Bush administration and served as head of the Office of Legal Counsel. He withdrew two of John Yoo's memos, judging the advice they gave illegal. He wrote an excellent book on the topic, The Terror Presidency. In this article he compares the Obama and Bush administration policies on torture, rendition, and detainment, and shows that the late Bush administration policies and Obama's policies are not that different. Goldsmith sets these issues in their historical, legal, and political context. There's a lot of Obama's policies on these subjects I don't agree with, but through this article I understand them better.

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